Disruptive Innovation in Education part 5

In this post, I want to simply identify the common themes and topics found in this book, Disrupting Class, they are all powerful and insightful and show how education needs to change and how online learning is the vehicle for this change.

Monolithic Instruction – What currently exists in many schools in the U.S. Born out of the factory model, industrial age. Categorizing students by age into grades, teaching batches of students with batches of curriculum. Teachers teach “the same subjects, in the same way, and at the same pace to all children in the classroom.” In the world today, students are wired in different ways. Using Gardner’s multiple intelligences, some student gravitate towards different teachers because of common ways of learning and interacting (e.g. logical-mathematical students gravitate and better relate to math teachers who teach in a similar way).

Interdependence – Different companies make different products that fit together. Generally proprietary products and sometimes, the products made by one company don’t fit with the others which causes problems in production. Sometimes results in “unpredictable interdependencies.”

Modularity – A design where the components fit and work together in “well-understood, crisply codified ways…fits designed specifications.”

Student Centric – A way for students to learn in ways that match their intelligence types “in the places and paces they prefer.”

Disruptive Innovation – A product or service that is more affordable and easier to use than existing products and services.  To be successful, this product or service needs to take root outside the mainstream culture of a company or organization.

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